Injury to delicate lips can cause deep, noticeable scars. Scars form when deeper injuries heal, and the longer an injury takes to heal, the greater the risk of scar formation, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. As scars heal, they flatten and fade, but this takes time and with facial scar formations, you'll want results quickly. Treating deep lip scars can be done with a combination of at-home treatments and dermatological assistance.
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Apply an over-the-counter retinol cream to your scar. According to CareFair.com, retinols are effective at regenerating your skin to reduce scar visibility. Retinoids are an effective prescription alternative to retinols.
Relax with a dermatologist performed professional chemical peel. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, your dermatologist will apply natural acids to your face to remove the outer layers of damaged skin. As the skin heals, it is more even. Chemical peels are extremely effective for deeper scars.
Apply over-the-counter alpha hydroxy acids once daily, suggests CareFair.com. Alpha hydroxy acids exfoliate your skin, causing lip and other facial scars to fade, becoming less noticeable with repeated use.
Visit your dermatologist for dermabrasion treatments. According to KidsHealth.org, a small wire brush or diamond filing instrument are used to exfoliate your skin, removing damaged top layers. Healing time after dermabrasion can take up to three weeks.
Opt for soft tissue fillers to plump indented deep lip scars. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, natural collagens derived from humans or bovines are used to fill in scars and reduce their appearance. Injections must be repeated often to maintain results.